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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Jenkins joins Roberts in “Eat, Pray, Love” — and more casting news

Apparently I’m the only American woman with a book group who hasn’t yet read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” ; now I’m going to have to get around to it, because the movie’s on the way. (My book group’s now reading Geraldine Brooks’ “People of the Book,” but I haven’t started it yet because I’m currently alternating between a new Paul Newman bio and Francine de Plessix Gray’s wonderful memoir “Them.” Um, where was I?) Julia Roberts will star as the married woman on a journey of self-discovery, and it’s just been announced that the ever-wonderful Richard Jenkins (an Oscar nominee, finally, for “The Visitor”) will co-star as the Texan she befriends at an ashram. Directed by Ryan Murphy, the film will shoot at several locations around the world this summer, for a likely release next year.
In other casting news, the always charming Maggie Gyllenhaal (I’m disappointed she’s gone from the Batman franchise; aren’t you?) will join Emma Thompson for a “Nanny McPhee” sequel, which will feature “an uncredited cameo by Ralph Fiennes.” Hmm — did he lose a bet with Thompson or something? And in perhaps the week’s most poignant casting news, Elisabeth Shue, who proved in “Hamlet 2” that she has one hell of a sense of humor about herself, will star in “Piranha 3-D” as a town sheriff who tries to save humanity from a killer fish outbreak. Sounds like this film needs Jason Statham, stat.

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